Patrick B. McGuigan is bureau chief for the Oklahoma City Bureau of Watchdog.org, and works from the press room at the state Capitol. He is also the editor of CapitolBeatOK, and Associate Publisher of The City Sentinel newspaper. In 2013, The Washington Post blog “The Fix” designated Pat one of the best reporters in Oklahoma. In addition to the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, where he serves as state secretary-treasurer, Pat is a member of the National Press Club and the Tulsa Press Club.

Polemical, powerful and provocative: ‘America,’ the movie

By   /  July 4, 2014  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

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A review of Dinesh D’Souza’s new film, America: Imagine a World Without Her.

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Oklahoma ranks 11th in corruption

By   /  July 2, 2014  /  Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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Oklahoma ranked as eleventh most corrupt state in new study. Corruption prevailed during era of one-party rule.

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A funny thing happened on the way to OK’s Republican U.S. Senate primary

By   /  June 23, 2014  /  Elections, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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National Tea Party leaders criticized in June 19 letter for support of T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma Senate race.

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Woman battles against biometrics required for Oklahoma driver’s licenses

By   /  June 19, 2014  /  News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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A national organization with a history of battling for civic liberties has joined Oklahoman Kaye Beach in litigation against the state Department of Public Safety’s requirements for mandatory biometrics to secure driver’s licenses.

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Fallin signs bill repealing Common Core

By   /  June 5, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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Fallin signs bill repealing Common Core — Gov. Mary Fallin on June 5 repealed the state’s controversial Common Core curriculum.

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Oklahoma budget games: Less is more, more or less

By   /  June 5, 2014  /  Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog
OKLAHOMA CITY — If analysts on the right and the left are to be believed, the Oklahoma Legislature managed to produce a state budget for the coming year that is both dishonest and impenetrable.
Jonathan Small, fiscal vice president at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a free-market think tank, described […]

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